Falls Fes­ti­val has box­fuls of fun

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE / ENTERTAINER -

A LONG time ago, at a mu­sic fes­ti­val far, far away, a bunch of peo­ple got to­gether and cre­ated some wicked cos­tumes, arte­facts and ve­hi­cles with card­board, only to de­stroy them in a 20-minute epic bat­tle for supremacy and hon­our.

You can mix your love for craft and your de­sire for de­struc­tion in one fan­tas­tic day at Falls Fes­ti­val By­ron Bay.

Boxwars will bring to Falls a very spe­cific bat­tle: a pre­his­toric retelling of what hap­pened to our caved­welling an­ces­tors in The Box Be­fore Time.

And if you are a ve­gan, mem­ber of the Greens, all-com­post­ing, kom­buchadrink­ing By­ron Shire dweller, fear not, Boxwars is the de­mo­li­tion derby for the woke mil­lenial.

It uses re­cy­cled and re­cyled-grade card­board, the low-fi­bre-count box board that is on its sixth or sev­enth pro­cess­ing. And all ma­te­rial will be re­cy­cled post-gig.

Boxwars will be held within La Henge, the arts precinct an­nounced for the mu­sic fes­ti­val that will be cu­rated by An­drew “Amac” Mcdon­ald.

Mcdon­ald is a By­ron Bay lo­cal who has staged more than 150 projects and ex­hi­bi­tions with 500-plus artists across the coun­try.

Since 2016, he has also been gal­lerist at Lone Goat Gallery in By­ron Bay.

Also, for the first time, Howl & Moan Records will cu­rate its own stage fea­tur­ing ex­clu­sively lo­cally grown, emerg­ing punk and al­ter­na­tive rock bands.

Howl & Moan Records owner Mario Sal­va­tore Frai­etta has fos­tered the grass­roots North­ern Rivers band scene, sup­port­ing emerg­ing artists across a wide va­ri­ety of gen­res.

At Falls Fes­ti­val By­ron Bay, De­cem­ber 31 to Jan­uary 2. Visit falls­fes­ti­val.com for the full pro­gram.

— Javier En­cal­ada

PHOTO: JAMIE WIL­LIAMS

FALLS IS COM­ING: Mel­bourne-based col­lec­tive Boxwars de­signs and con­structs huge set pieces and cos­tumes us­ing only re­cy­cled card­board, tape and glue.

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